Being part of the international community that is IIC ...

For joining and renewal information please see the information below

IIC membership is open to everyone with an interest in conserving the world's heritage: to conservators and restorers, to conservation scientists, architects, educators and students, and to collection managers, curators, art historians and other cultural heritage professionals. Membership enables you to keep abreast of technical advances and to remain in contact with colleagues worldwide through IIC's publications (Studies in Conservation* and News in Conservation), this website with its news-feed and social networking links, the biennial conferences and the national and regional groups. Please see further down on this web page details about the benefits - and charges for - IIC membership

Finding others in IIC - the IIC Membership Directory

As a member of IIC you will be part of an international community of heritage conservation conservators and restorers. You may well want to see who among your colleagues is also a member of IIC or find out who is a Fellow or Individual member, or a student member, in your country - or another country, or with a particular domain or area of work and research. You can search the Membership Directory here. Please note that this search facility is only available to logged-in members of IIC.

IIC Fellowship

IIC Fellows are senior members of the profession who are elected by the existing body of Fellows. In addition to Individual Members' rights, each Fellow has the right to stand for and nominate candidates for membership of the IIC Council and to nominate other Fellows. Details about Fellowship of IIC can be found on the Fellowship page.

Conditions and Responsibilities of IIC membership

By joining IIC all members signify that they are in full agreement with and will abide by the Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association of IIC.

Benefits of membership

Membership of IIC brings many benefits, including:

  • Eight issues of Studies in Conservation*, the leading international journal in this field.
  • *Please note that Student Members receive electronic access to Studies in Conservation rather than printed copies.
  • Access to members' areas of the IIC website, including free downloads of all earlier IIC papers and articles from IIC's Congresses back to the first, in Rome, 1961, from Studies in Conservation back to issue no. 1 of Vol. 1 in 1952, and all issues of Reviews in Conservation from issues 1 to 10.
  • Discounted fees at IIC biennial Congresses.

Taking up or renewing your IIC membership

To purchase a membership of IIC , via the IIC web-site, you will first need to create an account with IIC by registering here - (you can also do this from the 'Register' link at the top right hand corner). Then you will need to come back to this page and purchase one of the membership options below.

To renew your membership of IIC please log into the IIC site at the top right of this page and go to your account page to renew your membership.

Please note that the IIC membership year runs from each 1st of July to the following 30th of June and that membership renews every 1st of July. There is no pro-rata reduction in fees connected to memberships taken out or renewed part way through a membership year.

Membership discounts - new for 2017 - 2018

IIC has made two important changes to its membership fee structure, effective from 1 July 2017 (the beginning of this membership year).

IIC has long wished to make membership more affordable for colleagues who live and work in countries where salaries are substantially less than those in Western Europe and North America. We have introduced a
a system of banded membership rates that follows the classification of countries based on per capita income used by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Membership fees will be held at the 2016–2017 level for those in the more affluent countries within band 1, but there will be a 25% discount for band 2 countries and a 50% discount for those from band 3 or 4 nations. We very much hope that this will not only make membership more affordable for existing IIC Fellows and Individual Members, but will also encourage greater participation in IIC from countries where average incomes are very much lower, and which are not currently part of our international network. Sadly, this discount does not apply to student members, as their membership fee is already close to the minimum needed to cover costs.

A second discount will be offered to those who also belong to their regional or local conservation organisation, in recognition of their complementarity with IIC. This 10% discount will be offered to all Fellows and Members (including students), who indicate that they also belong to their national or regional body (including IIC regional groups) when they take out or renew their IIC membership.

For information on discounts which may apply on your membership please see: Membership discounts

Fellow membership 2017-2018

Fellows are senior members of the profession who are elected by the existing body of Fellows. Click IIC Fellowship to find out more about the criteria for fellowship, including an application form.

Membership period: 01-07-2017 - 30-06-2018


Fellow Membership (retired) 2017-2018

This membership rate has been introduced to help those with a lifetime of expertise to continue contributing to IIC. It is open to existing Fellows who have retired from gainful employment.

Membership period: 01-07-2017 - 30-06-2018


Individual membership 2017-2018

Individual membership is open to everyone who is interested in conservation.

Membership period: 01-07-2017 - 30-06-2018


Individual Membership (retired) 2017-2018

This membership rate has been introduced to help those with a lifetime of expertise to continue contributing to IIC. It is open to existing Individual Members who have retired from gainful employment.

Membership period: 01-07-2017 - 30-06-2018


Student membership 2017-2018

Student membership is for those enrolled in a full-time programme of education, training or work experience under the supervision of a professional conservator.

Membership period: 01-07-2017 - 30-06-2018


Institutional membership 2017-2018

Institutional membership is intended for museum and galleries, libraries and archives, conservation schools, research institutes and commercial firms operating in heritage conservation-restoration.

Membership period: 01-07-2017 - 30-06-2018

Please note that Institutional memberships purchased online must correspond to an IIC website account. If you are buying institutional membership for a different department or you are a subscription management company, then contact IIC directly.


For renewing members:

You can renew your membership by logging in to the IIC web-site at the top right hand side of the front page and following the Renewal instructions .

How your IIC membership can help others

In addition to supporting the work of IIC itself, membership means that you can also help to support others in the international conservation community. You can do this by contributing to IIC’s other Funds when first joining IIC or when you renew each year on the web-site here; alternatively please contact the IIC Office for more ways of giving: Contact Page.

Here’s how we help others in our community:

The Opportunities Fund

IIC supports conservators and institutions who cannot afford the cost of membership through its Opportunities Fund. The fund is maintained through the generous contributions of IIC's members, and allows successful applicants to receive membership of IIC without charge, for a defined time.

By donating in this way you become an IIC World Member; your donation will be used to help support this valuable initiative for years to come.

More information about the Opportunities Fund, including an application form for supported members can be found here: Opportunities Fund.

The Brommelle Memorial Fund

IIC’s Brommelle Memorial Fund invests in the future of conservation by financially helping student members of IIC to take part in IIC’s conferences. Over the years we have seen many students move into the community and build on the research, experience and personal links that conference attendance can provide.

More information about the Brommelle Memorial Fund can be found here: Brommelle Memorial Fund.

The Keck Award Fund

The Keck Award, set up to recognise the individual or group who has in the opinion of the Council contributed most towards promoting public understanding and appreciation of the accomplishments of the conservation profession. This cash award supports those working to increase public awareness of the work we do and thus benefits all of us in the conservation community.

More information about the Keck Award Fund can be found here: The Keck Awards.

Institutional member access

Institutional members of IIC a choice in how they manage access to IIC member resources. Institutions with a limited number of staff may choose to nominate a short list of users as Sub- Members, who will be able to set up accounts on the IIC website (registering for an IIC account is free). Alternatively, those with many potential users can choose to share a range of IP addresses which will automatically have access. Please give these details to the IIC Office when renewing your membership and contact the IIC office if you need to discuss your requirements further.

Member Data Privacy

All personal contact, payment and other information entered by IIC members is treated in complete confidence. Data is held by IIC only for purposes of internal IIC administration and will not be passed to any third party or other organisation for any purpose without the member’s agreement.

IIC is a subscriber to the UK Information Commissioner's Data Protection Registry.

See IIC's Privacy statements for additional details on privacy.